President Andrew Jackson The Enemy of the Cherokee People
PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON
PresidentAndrew Jackson: The Enemy of the Cherokee People
President Andrew Jackson was the seventh present of the UnitedStates. He previously served in the military as a major general. Inthese two stints in his life, Jackson made some major decisions thatimpacted many native tribes including the Cherokee people. Inassessing these decisions, it is evident that President AndrewJackson saw himself as an enemy of the Cherokee people.
During his time in the army, Andrew Jackson saw himself as a foe ofthe Cherokee people but disguised himself as a friend. He used hisposition to plant division within the native tribes. In 1814 duringthe Battle of Horseshoe Bend, he led American soldiers and someCherokee collaborators in invading the Red Sticks. In appreciation,the Treaty of Fort Jackson of 1814 saw the Creek Nation cede somelands to the Cherokee (Cherokee.org, 2017). However, with Jacksonbecoming the seventh American President in 1829, the seeminglycordial relationship with Cherokee came to an abrupt end.
In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed The Indian Removal Act. Theact authorized the president to take Native Americans` lands inGeorgia in exchange for others outside the state boundaries. TheCherokee people opposed the eviction. After failed diplomaticnegotiations, the government planned to evict them forcefully. Awhite missionary to the Cherokees, Reverend Samuel Worcester,challenged the decision in the Supreme Court. He lost the first case,Cherokee Nation vs. Georgia, 1831, but won the second, Worcester vs.Georgia, 1832. However, President Jackson ignored the Court`s rulingand continued with the eviction that took place between 1838 and1839. Hunger, exhaustion, and disease characterized the eviction thatled to the death of 4,000 Cherokee people. The journey would later benicknamed the "trail of tears" in memory of the sufferingendured by the affected (Cherokee.org, 2017).
In conclusion, it is evident that President Jackson was not a friendto the Cherokee people. The perceived friendship with the nativenation during his time in the military was not honest but was meantto achieve another agenda of defeating the red sticks. Thus, thepresident did not see himself as a friend to the Cherokee people. Incontrast, he saw the Cherokee as gullible individuals who had norights to their ancestral lands and greedy enough to betray theirfellow native tribes. To the Cherokee people, Andrew Jackson was andremains the worst American president.
Chrokee.org. (2017).A brief history of the Trail of Tears. Retrieved from
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